Bentley’s Grill Wine Steward Mark Jacklich knows Oregon Wine better than just about anyone else we know. Our commitment to supporting local wineries have resulted in accolades and awards from wine publications and the Oregon Wine community. Mark is always happy to share recommendations with you in person and in his special series we call: Wine Notes with Mark. Enjoy!
By Bentley’s Grill Wine Steward Mark Jacklich
Now that the warmer weather is upon us. I thought this would be the perfect time to highlight a new warm weather wine by the glass here at Bentley’s Grill. The 2014 Viognier from Illahe Vineyards, a family owned winery in nearby Dallas, Oregon, is one to try!
The 2014 Illahe Vineyards Viognier has effusive aromatic notes of apricot, honeycomb, and peach pulp that leaps out of the glass to greet the nose. This is followed by more subtle notes of tea tree oil, lime, and gardenia. The wine plays on the palate with a tantalizing acid backbone that is generous, opulent and unassuming.
Viognier, while hard to say (Vi as in “Vi-deo”; oh as in “Oh Dear; n as in “No”; yay as in “Yay for us!”), is easy to drink with bright fruit flavors and subtle sweetness. Pairs well with foods with subtle spice and delicate flavors like our Thai Chicken Salad, Seared Ahi, or Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps. We have a healthy assortment of Wines By the Glass perfect for warm weather like
Sauvignon Blanc, Carlton Cellars ‘12 Estate OR
Gruner Veltliner, Illahe ‘12 Estate OR
Pinot Gris Torii Mor ‘11 Willamette Valley OR
Another warm weather favorite of mine is a rosé. While they are made from red wine grapes, the limited skin contact with the juice imparts a pink hue and gives off light and bright flavors that are hallmarks of summer. From the light strawberry, watermelon and cherry flavors, a rosé is typically a lighter expression of the grapes of which it was pressed from. Some of my favorite rosés include Firesteed 2013 Rosé and Anam Caras 2011 Nicholas Estate Rosé from the Chehalem Mountains AVA. Both made from the Pinot Noir grape, and both available by the bottle here at Bentley’s Grill.
Please stop in and let me know if you have any questions! -MJ